Collared Doves Mating Ritual?

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Collared Doves Mating Ritual?

  • I saw a first for me today - my pair of Collared Doves were on the fence but one was walking towards the other, bowing every other step! Never seen anything like it, it was extraordinary! I am assuming it is some kind of mating ritual? Very cute if it is...

  • hiya veggiebirdlover

    yeah that sounds like the mating ritual..i've watched mine for the last couple of years courting and mating on the fence near the window...when one bows down its the female here whether thats the norm i dont know...she is usually the one to initiate the mating...if they dont mind i'll get some pics lol

    alan

  • doggie

    hiya veggiebirdlover

    yeah that sounds like the mating ritual..i've watched mine for the last couple of years courting and mating on the fence near the window...when one bows down its the female here whether thats the norm i dont know...she is usually the one to initiate the mating...if they dont mind i'll get some pics lol

    alan

    Hi Alan,

    Ha, would love to see your pics (if they don't mind, that is!).

    I've seen the same thing again today about 3 times - I can't help but laugh out loud though - for some reason it really tickles me! It's almost like stalking because the bird thats being bowed at just doesn't seem interested and always runs in the opposite direction before flying away!

  • Hi VBL

    The one that's doing the bowing is the male trying to persuade the female that he is worthy of being her mate.

    However, the females often seem to look completely disinterested. :-)

    Pigeons also behave in the same way. :-)

  • hiya woodpecker its the opposite here the female does the bowing and like veggie's pair the male usually flies off...i'll get pics..

    alan

  • Woodpecker

    Hi VBL

    The one that's doing the bowing is the male trying to persuade the female that he is worthy of being her mate.

    However, the females often seem to look completely disinterested. :-)

    Pigeons also behave in the same way. :-)

    I cannot tell the difference between the male and female Collared Dove, I wish I was more experienced in that but every time I see them together in my garden I can't see a difference :s

    I find it so entertaining to watch though - the recipient bird always looks like she's trying to get away but he's being very persistant though by constantly following her around so I expect he'll get his way in the end! Last August we had a pair nesting in the guttering in the front of our house - it drove our cat mad as she loves sitting on that particular windowsill but whilst they were nesting it was all she could see (or hear - their cooing in particular really gets her going)! I hope they don't nest there again though because in the end they blocked the gutter and caused the rainfall to pour over it onto next doors front walkway..!

  • Funnily enough I was at Manchester Piccadilly station yesterday and was watching the feral pigeons doing just that; bowing and walking in circles. They were making gentle cooing noises to each other, which was quite nice to hear.

    Pipit

  • Pipit

    Funnily enough I was at Manchester Piccadilly station yesterday and was watching the feral pigeons doing just that; bowing and walking in circles. They were making gentle cooing noises to each other, which was quite nice to hear.

    Pipit

    I'm going to be looking out for this even more now! Haven't seen the Woodies doing it yet though.

  • wait till you hear the noise the doves make after mating lol

    alan

  • The woodpigeons have a variation on the bowing. They bow very, very low and stick their tails so far in the air that they look like they're about to do forward rolls. Very funny to watch!